Everything You Need to Know About HDMI Version Updates

Cables play an important role in home entertainment system.Without cables,your gaming consoles, speakers, and HDTVs can’t run.Several versions of HDMI have been developed and deployed since initial release of the technology but all use the same cable and connector. Newer versions optionally support advanced features such as 3D, an Ethernet data connection and improved audio and video capacity, performance and resolution.

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Here are all the versions and the Benefits from them:
The HDMI Founders began development on HDMI 1.0 on April 16, 2002, with the goal of creating an AV connector that was backward-compatible with DVI.At the time, DVI-HDCP (DVI with HDCP) and DVI-HDTV (DVI-HDCP using the CEA-861-B video standard) were being used on HDTVs. HDMI 1.0 was designed to improve on DVI-HDTV by using a smaller connector and adding support for audio, and enhanced support for YCbCr and consumer electronics control functions.But doesn’t support 3D, Deep Color, 4K Ultra HD and more.

HDMI 1.1&HDMI 1.2.Released on May 2004/ Aug 2005
HDMI 1.1 increased the feature to transmit DVD-audio,as well as Slight mechanical and electrical spec changes.It was so hot in the market.HDMI 1.2 takes a great forward since the introduction of HDMI.Trying to turns the PC market into focus and compete according to the new DisplayPort standard.

HDMI 1.2a.Released on Dec 2005
There is no obvious change that clarified consumer electronic control (CEC), a feature work well with interoperation between different components.But it was lack of the bility to standardized most manufacturers’ products,it just run for their own brands.

HDMI 1.3&HDMI 1.3A .Released on June 2006/Nov 2006
The increased bandwidth requirements made this update a disaster. This was mainly because the new requirements made it so that passive HDMI cables couldn’t go as far as they had previously. Before HDMI 1.3, passive HDMI cables could go around 50 feet, with HDMI 1.3, that distance shrank to less than 20 feet, causing failures across the industry.This was an incremental change, mostly and adjustment for manufacturers using CEC and Type C connectors. There are no practical differences between 1.3 and 1.3a.

HDMI 1.3b/1.3b1/1.3c.Mar 2007/Nov 2007/Aug 2008
They do not introduce differences on HDMI features, functions, or performance,but only describe testing for products based on the HDMI 1.3a specification regarding HDMI compliance.the HDMI type C Mini connector and active HDMI cables

HDMI 1.4 & HDMI1.4a.Released on May 2009/Mar 2010/Oct 2011
Supports all TV resolutions up to 1080p and beyond , furthermore, it can support 4K according to HDMI,as well as 3D Compatible.HDMI 1.4 increases the maximum resolution to 4K × 2K, i.e. 3840×2160 (4K Ultra HD) at 24 Hz/25 Hz/30 Hz or 4096×2160 at 24 Hz (which is a resolution used with digital theaters.HDMI 1.4a adds two additional mandatory 3D formats for broadcast content, which was deferred with HDMI 1.4 in order to see the direction of the 3D broadcast market.[151][152] HDMI 1.4a has defined mandatory 3D formats for broadcast, game, and movie content.

HDMI 2.0.Released on Sep 2013
HDMI 2.0 increases the maximum TMDS per channel throughput from 3.4 Gbit/s to 6 Gbit/s which allows for a maximum total TMDS throughput of 18 Gbit/s.This allows HDMI 2.0 to support 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps)

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